Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Kam's Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun


Kam's Kapsules:              

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun           

by Kam Williams

For movies opening January 22, 2010





Extraordinary Measures (PG for mature themes, suggestive material and mild epithets) Screen adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winner Geeta Anand’s novel about a couple (Brendan Fraser and Keri Russell) who start a foundation to find a cure for the rare genetic disorder threatening the lives of two of their children (Meredith Droeger and Diego Velasquez). With Harrison Ford, Alan Ruck, Dee Wallace and Courtney B. Vance.


Legion (R for profanity and graphic violence) Apocalyptic horror flick about the intrepid band of truck-stop diners rallying around a fallen Archangel (Paul Bettany) to protect a pregnant waitress (Adrianne Malicki) carrying the Christ child from a vengeful God who’s intent on eradicating the human race he’s lost faith in. Cast includes Dennis Quaid, Tyrese, Charles S. Dutton and Lucas Black.


The Tooth Fairy (PG for mild epithets, crude humor and sports action) The Rock stars in the title role of this family comedy about a hockey player famous for knocking out opponents’ teeth who gets a big lesson about what’s really important in life after being sentenced to a week of hard labor as the Tooth Fairy. 

Ensemble includes Abigail Breslin, Ashley Judd, Julie Andrews and Billy Crystal.





Creation (PG-13 for mature themes) Historical drama recounting the toll exacted on the marriage of Charles Darwin (Paul Bettany) and his devoutly religious wife, (Jennifer Connelly) by both his blasphemous Theory of Evolution and the death of their eldest daughter (Martha West). Cast includes Toby Jones, Jeremy Northam and Benedict Cumberbatch.


The Girl on the Train (Unrated) Cross-cultural drama, about a battered Jewish woman (Emilie Dequenne) who creates a media circus by falsely claiming to be the victim of an anti-Semitic attack by Arab teenagers. With Catherine Deneuve, Michel Blanc and Nicolas Duvauchelle. (In French with subtitles)


The Paranoids (Unrated) Argentinean romantic comedy, set in Buenos Aires, revolving around the love triangle which evolves when a depressed clown (Daniel Hendler) lets his ailing best friend’s (Walter Jakob) broke girlfriend (Jazmin Stuart) move-in with him after an argument. (In Spanish with subtitles)


A Room and a Half (Unrated) Grigoriy Dityatkovskiy portrays Russian dissident Joseph Brodsky in this melancholy bio-pic recounting the life and times of the troubled Nobel Laureate who lived in exile in America for the rest of his life after being expelled from the Soviet Union in 1972 for his incendiary poetry. 


To Save a Life (PG-13 for sexuality, mature themes, underage drinking, illegal drug use and disturbing images) Coming-of-age drama about a high school basketball star (Randy Wayne) who decides to put his dreams on hold in the wake of his best friend’s (Robert Bailey, Jr.) suicide.

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